Miele Induction Cooktop
About 6 months ago, we finally moved in to our renovated home. I had read a million reviews on this forum and others, talked to countless people, and eventually selected mostly Miele appliances in the kitchen (except for the microwave). I absolutely love the dishwasher (everything is spotless without pre-rinsing), the oven (the roasted veggies are amazing), and the fridge (the romaine keeps forever), and I'm looking forward to using the Steam-Convection or Combi Oven, once it becomes available.
My one big disappointment, though, has been the Induction cooktop. I was initially quite set on finally having a gas cooktop, but my husband and the ease-of-cleaning factor convinced me to go with an induction cooktop. The magnetic induction itself works very well (albeit with some buzzing and clicking, of which I was forewarned), and it is fast and instant. The controls, however, are another matter. They are driving me batty!!
I am 5'1" and small, so my fingers are not large, and I can only use my large middle finger at a certain angle on the controls or they are maddeningly unresponsive. I have had numerous instances when either the whole unit or a single burner has spontaneously shut down when something like a lump of paprika or a squirt of garlic from the garlic press, etc., fell on the controls. It has also shut down when my sleeve brushed the controls, which happens a lot because I'm short and I wear long sleeves at least 9 months of the year (these Canadian winters do drag on) and I tend to use the large central burner for sauteing or whatnot pretty much every time I cook. What is even more aggravating, though, is that, on a few occasions, the unit has also spontaneously shut down when I have had a number of pots (4 of the 5 burners) on for a while, which the service technician attributes to probable overheating of the electronics, despite the fact that the unit is installed according the manufacturers' specifications. All of which has led me to the conclusion that this cooktop is best suited to cooks who don't cook much!!
The annoyance with the unit spontaneously shutting down lies in the fact that not only do I need to fiddle with those unresponsive controls for some time before I have things back to just the right simmer for each pot (because I often don't remember to exactly what number each burner had been set), but if I'm busy with food prep on the side, then several minutes can elapse before I notice that the unit is off and nothing is cooking -- which is extremely vexing. I am someone who's always enjoyed cooking, but this cooktop is changing that! And I am now seriously regretting not getting a gas cooktop, despite the ease of cleaning issues.
Anyways, I know this review goes against the grain of most of the opinions out there, but I thought I'd share my experience and present another point of view.